Kay exposes corruption in Springfield

Former state representative and current Republican candidate Dwight Kay has already gone on record about his feelings regarding Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino. “Two years ago, I held a press conference to call for the resignation of Frank Mautino and introduced a resolution to that effect that the Democrats never let out of committee,” Kay told the Metro East Sun. “I went as far as asking the U.S. Attorney’s office from the Springfield district to investigate him. What he was doing was like money laundering in that he took campaign contributions and used the money for personal gain.” Mautino’s now-defunct campaign committee from his time as state representative is currently under federal investigation and the Illinois State Board of Elections voted 4-4 along partisan lines on whether to fine the committee for violating campaign finance rules, according to the Illinois Policy Institute (IPI). Mautino’s campaign committee wrote checks totaling more than $150,000 in the name of a bank and cashed them from the committee’s checking account. During the investigation, Mautino admitted that his campaign rarely kept receipts from any of the transactions and no unused cash from the campaign expenditures was ever returned. Continue reading

Kay sees tax hike as more unfulfilled promises from Springfield

Metro East Sun 7-16-18 On the one-year anniversary of the 2017 state budget that included a record-setting 32 percent permanent income tax hike, Republican House candidate Dwight Kay has the same questions he's always asked. “I’ve always been curious to know what all this additional revenue was needed for,” Kay told the Metro East Sun. “As for now, I’m like everyone else in wanting to know where all that money went. They told people they were going to balance the budget, pay pensions and pay down debt. It’s hard to see how much of that could have happened when we still have nearly $8 billion in unpaid debt.” Kay counts himself among the growing crowd that staunchly believes raising the individual tax rate from 3.75 percent to 4.95 percent and the corporate tax rate from 5.25 percent to 7 percent have done none of the things lawmakers who overrode Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto to ram the bill through assured that it would. “Our bond rating is still bad and no better, we’re still in a deficit position and we still have a tremendous amount of unpaid bills,” said Kay, who is running against incumbent Rep. Katie Stuart (D-Edwardsville) in Illinois’ 112th District. “We now also have the lowest growth rate of any state in the country. While other states are enjoying job growth, Illinois is just languishing behind with the smallest of everybody.” Continue reading

After harassment firings in Speaker’s office, Kay calls for Madigan to resign

The following statement was released by Dwight Kay, Republican candidate for state Representative in Illinois’ 112th House district: “It’s time for Mike Madigan to go. After multiple, credible reports that for years Madigan’s office has been a den of personal intimidation and sexual predation, I—as a taxpaying citizen—demand his immediate resignation. “I also call upon state Rep. Katie Stuart to join me in condemning his despicable actions. Madigan’s operation is so horrendous one female Democrat lawmaker said the way his office treats women is ‘an abuse of power.’ “It’s bad enough Madigan is the kingpin of the corruption in Springfield which has hurt our families with higher property taxes and fewer jobs. Now we learn he has been protecting sexual predators for years. He must resign.”

Plan for Property Tax Relief

As I walk door to door speaking to voters the number one topic on people's minds is our skyrocketing property taxes. Property taxes in Illinois have doubled in recent years, and we now have the honor of paying the highest taxes in the nation! We can thank the incompetent and corrupt government leaders in Springfield, led by long-time Chicago kingpin Mike Madigan, for the property tax burden placed on Illinois families. But Madigan is merely a pawn of public sector unions, who bankroll the Democrat majorities in the legislature. That's why I support a freeze on property taxes at 1% and a requirement that local referendum be held if a taxing body wants more. Let the people decide. It's also why, if elected, I will not accept a pension and I will cut my pay by 10%. Most of all, we need more fiscal discipline in Illinois to take the burden off of Illinois families like yours and mine. Dwight Kay

I'm Back!

I'm back! As you may have heard I filed paperwork to run for the 112th District, which I had the privilege of serving from 2011-2017. I am running again because Springfield continues to demonstrate its contempt for the people of Illinois by increasing taxes and refusing to pass necessary reforms. Frankly, Springfield is a disaster and we need a voice to fight the incompetence and corruption in the General Assembly. Because of my past outspokenness, the failed leadership of the Springfield "swamp" has arrayed powerful interests against me in this election. But I am confident that we the people will prevail. If we don't bring back common sense and family-friendly policies, the state will continue its steady decline. Rolling back property taxes, repealing the recently increased income tax hike and working to bring back jobs to southern Illinois are at the top of my agenda. As I have done in the past I will cut my pay by 10 percent and refuse to accept the pension lawmakers lavish on themselves. Continue reading